In The Secret Adversary, right after World War I, Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley were in a dire need. The job market was scarce, they decided to cooperate and advertise themselves as “young adventurers, ready to do anything, go anywhere”. In the first dangerous mission, they must use their ingenuity to save not only themselves but also the mysterious ‘Jane’.
Christie got inspired to write The Secret Adversary after hearing a conversation in a cafe. The two women talk about a girl named Jane Fish, whose name Christie finds extremely interesting, and she quickly begins working on a new novel. The book was originally titled The Joyful Venture , then passed to The Young Adventurers and eventually became The Secret Adversary.
The name of the woman who inspired Christie was changed from Jane Fish to Jane Finn. This is Christie’s second novel and the first about Tommy and Tuppence. Published in 1922, it was the first novel ever made into a film; Fox Film from Germany has adapted the story under the title ‘ Die Abenteuer GmbH . The story aired in England in 1985 and played Tommy and Tuppence by Francesca Annis and James Warwick. The film was later shown in the United States on PBS.